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The first game of the best rivalry in baseball was a massive success for the Boston Red Sox. After falling behind early, the Red Sox closed the deficit and just kept destroying the Yankee bullpen. Led by some new trade acquisitions, the Boston Red Sox beat New York, 15-7
New Acquisitions lead the way as Boston Red Sox Beat New York
This was supposed to be Chris Sale’s game, but the star lefty went to the disabled list with shoulder inflammation. In his place, the Red Sox sent Brian Johnson to the mound. Right off the bat, it looked as though Johnson wouldn’t be able to handle the pressure. After three batters, the Yankees took a 3-0 lead on a Didi Gregorius home run. One inning later, the Yankees took a 4-0 lead off an Aaron Hicks home run.
However, this Red Sox team does not know the meaning of the word “quit”. After forcing C.C. Sabathia from the game after just three innings, the Sox offense went to work on the Yankees bullpen. The Sox scored a staggering nine runs in the bottom of the fourth, highlighted by a three-run Steve Pearce blast. The Red Sox completely changed the tone of the game and entered the fifth inning with a 10-4 lead. The Sox continued their torrid pace, winning the game by a final margin of 15-7.
The stars of the games were the newest acquisitions. First baseman Steve Pearce went on an absolute tear, jacking three home runs and six runs batted in. Second baseman Ian Kinsler had two singles, a double, and made two fantastic defensive plays late in the game.
With the win, the Red Sox take a commanding 6.5-game lead in the AL East. While the lead is great, there’s still three more games left in the series. Tomorrow Rick Porcello takes the mound to take on Luis Severino for the second game of the series.